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February 23, 2016 | By Charles Krauthammer
Let's understand something about the fight to fill the Supreme Court seat of Antonin (Nino) Scalia. This is about nothing but raw power. Any appeal you hear to high principle is phony - brazenly, embarrassingly so. In Year Seven of the George W. Bush administration, Sen. Chuck Schumer publicly opposed filling any Supreme Court vacancy until Bush left office. ("Except in extraordinary circumstances. " None such arose. Surprise!) Today he piously denounces Republicans for doing exactly the same for a vacancy created in Year Eight of Barack Obama.
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February 20, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Activists on the right and left buffeted Sen. Pat Toomey on Thursday over his stand that President Obama should not fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, foreshadowing a high-stakes battle that could loom large over the future of the high court and Toomey's reelection bid. A grassroots liberal group said it had gathered 7,900 Pennsylvania signatures urging the Republican senator to support a vote on an eventual Obama nominee....
NEWS
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | SUPREME COURT Vote out Republicans The vacancy on the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia defines Republicans in a nutshell: obstructionists willing to thwart any attempt to move government to action ("Delay pick, Toomey says," Tuesday). Ignoring Democratic support for Republican presidents' nominees, they want to deny President Obama his obligation to fill Scalia's seat on the bench. Voters should understand the ramifications of a delay that will affect the court's efficacy in upcoming cases.
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February 19, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN POWER Stay means stop The Supreme Court's stay of the federal Clean Power Plan reflects a determination that immediate and irreparable harm could be caused during the development phase of the compliance plan ("Supreme Court puts Obama's power emission plan on hold," Feb. 10). The stay suspends the timeline for the development and submission of compliance plans until the regulation has been adjudicated. This is not the first or second time that the courts have blown the whistle on the Environmental Protection Agency's game of doling out regulations.
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February 19, 2016
THE REPUBLICANS have said no. Although there is a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy because of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republican leaders have said they will not consider any nominee made by the president. Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell has said the Senate plans to wait until after the election. Pennsylvania's Sen. Pat Toomey agrees. In a statement, Toomey said: "Given that we are already into the presidential election process and that the Supreme Court appointment is for a lifetime, it makes sense to give the American people a more direct say in this critical decision.
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February 18, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
In the first minutes after the shocking news spread Saturday that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley tried to be reasonable. It didn't go well for him. The Iowa Republican, informed in a phone call from Des Moines Register reporter Jason Noble that Scalia had died, responded honorably, saying he didn't want to talk about replacing Scalia yet. "I wouldn't make any prognostication on anything about the future because there's so many balls in the air when those things are considered," he said.
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Justice Antonin Scalia's body will lie in repose Friday at the Supreme Court, followed by a funeral service Saturday at the nation's largest Catholic church. Scalia's casket will be on public view in the court's Great Hall from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, court officials said. A private ceremony will take place at the court at 9:30 a.m. Current and retired justices are expected to line the marble steps as the casket is carried through the court's main entrance, below the inscription "Equal Justice Under Law. " The funeral Mass Saturday will take place at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
NEWS
February 18, 2016
Clarification: Prominent attorney Richard A. Sprague expressed concern that by the editorial below referring to him as a member of the "old boys' network," readers may have inferred he was part of the "network" in which offensive emails were exchanged and that he sent or received emails similar to those that have been identified as part of the "Porngate" scandal.  For the record and for clarification, no such inference was intended by  ...
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February 18, 2016 | By Martha Woodall and Kristen A. Graham, STAFF WRITERS
On the day that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission approved three new charter schools, the state Supreme Court issued a ruling Tuesday that could have grave implications for the cash-strapped district's finances and operations for years to come. The court ruled that the SRC had no legal power to suspend portions of the state charter law and school code. The ruling strips the commission of extraordinary powers it believed it had - and used. It was too soon to say exactly what the fallout for the school system would be - district lawyers offered no official comment - but early indications were ominous.
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February 17, 2016
In most presidential elections, Supreme Court nominations are a major issue for elites and a substantial concern for significant parts of the conservative movement. Other voters usually see the future makeup of the court as a side matter or as not essential to their decisions at all. Justice Antonin Scalia's death on Saturday will change this. The issue of conservative judicial activism had already begun to take hold among liberals because of a series of fiercely ideological and precedent-shattering 5-to-4 decisions.
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